1. We are finally starting our interviews with our home study agency tomorrow morning at 9:00am. We are really hoping that we can go through this stage as quickly as possible. We are so anxious to get the paperwork behind us get on the waiting list.
2.Ethiopia has changed their guidelines for court appearances. Originally, someone would represent us at court in Ethiopia. Now, both adoptive parents must appear in court. This means we will be making two trips to Ethiopia. We will go 4-6 weeks after receiving our referral and then again 8-10 weeks later. There are good things and difficult things that go along with this. This is great for the Ethiopia program because they really do care about the kids and want to make sure everything goes well for them. The down side is that we will get to meet our little girl and then have to come home without her. I really am not looking forward to that. I will be such a roller coaster of emotions. To be so happy and excited to finally meet her and be able to hold her and then have to leave her there, will just be just heart wrenching.
3. Finally, we will be doing several fundraisers to try and offset the cost of the adoption. We have set up an account with Just Love Coffee. When you buy a bag of coffee $5 will go towards our adoption fund. Here's the link http://www.justlovecoffee.com/ThePaddacks
I will try my hardest to update everyone more often!